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Charcoal grill suspected cause of fatal fire in Brockton

Two burned bodies were found inside a tent in a wooded area  off Mulberry Street, an industrial area in Brockton.

George Rizer for The Boston Globe

Two burned bodies were found inside a tent in a wooded area off Mulberry Street, an industrial area in Brockton.

Authorities found a charcoal grill near the burned bodies of two people in a tent in Brockton, and investigators believe it may have caused the fatal fire, according to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office.

The bodies were discovered in an industrial neighborhood of the city Monday night. Cruz’s office has said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

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The victims’ gender, identities, and causes of death are expected to be established through autopsies, the district attorney’s spokeswoman Bridget Norton Middleton said Tuesday. She said investigators are looking at the grill as a possible cause of the fatal fire. Both had sustained significant burns, Norton Middleton said.

The bodies were discovered around 6 p.m. Monday by someone who had gone into the vacant lot off Mulberry Street looking for a female relative, said Norton Middleton, who added it is not clear whether the woman being sought by the relative was found in the tent.

Norton Middleton said investigators also found an area outside the tent where the residents had been living. The scene was about 50 yards into the woods beyond a fence in a lot near a recycling company.

Two men who stopped by the scene Tuesday morning said that they believed one of the victims was nicknamed “Johnny Rambo” and that he was often seen walking around Brockton, accompanied by a woman, collecting scrap metal.

Residents told the Globe on Monday that the area where the two bodies were found is one of several in the neighborhood where homeless people had set up temporary living quarters.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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